It’s not only a new year but a new decade, and this month the kitchen and bath design industry celebrates with an event that is both steeped in tradition and dedicated to the future. The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, to be held January 21-23 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day at the Las Vegas Convention Center, will include exhibit halls teeming with new products, an in-depth educational conference, awards presentations, networking opportunities and a host of new and relevant programs to suit a variety of needs.

Scheduled to take place alongside the International Builders’ Show for the sixth straight year as part of Design and Construction Week, KBIS 2020 will showcase more than 600 exhibitors alone, among over 2,000 exhibitors expected to be part of DCW. More than 95,000 industry professionals are expected to peruse DCW’s million-square-foot exhibit floor, reviewing the latest in plumbing, cabinetry, appliances, surfacing, hardware, building materials and smart-home technology. The three-day event is presented by the National Kitchen & Bath Association and the National Association of Home Builders, which own KBIS and IBS, respectively.

In addition to the exhibit floor, KBIS will host a number of events, including the Opening Ceremonies and the Kitchen & Bath Design + Industry Awards/Opening Party. The Voices from the Industry Conference will offer sessions related to a variety of design and business-related topics. And the KBISNeXT Experience!, as well as the Discovery District, Lighting Pavilion, KBIS EDIT, Showcase for Living in Place, Design Milk X Modenus Talks Lounge and the DCW Outdoor Living Pavilion, will be major gathering spaces for additional conversation.

Among this year’s highlights are the following:

The Opening Party, Monday, Jan. 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., featuring the Design Competition, Innovative Showroom and other industry awards presentations, Encore hotel ballroom.

Opening Ceremonies, Tuesday, Jan. 21 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., featuring guest speaker and sports legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Westgate: Paradise Event Center.

Design Bites, with host Kelli Ellis, Tuesday, Jan. 21 from 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., KBISNeXT Stage.

Progressive KBTribechat, Tuesday, Jan. 21 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Rev-A-Shelf, Brizo and Wellborn Cabinet.

State of the Association/State of the Industry address, Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., featuring NKBA CEO Bill Darcy, followed by a panel discussion hosted by Fox News/Fox Business Anchor Melissa Francis, and featuring panelists Katty Pien, chief marketing officer, LIXIL Americas; Mikael Akerberg, chairman and CEO, Nobilia North America; Randy Warner, president, Dacor, and Adam Sandow, chairman and CEO, SANDOW.

NKBA Renovation Angel Luxury Recycling Kitchen Awards, Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., KBISNeXT Stage.

Best Booth Awards/Best of KBIS Awards, Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., KBISNeXT Stage

The Bash, hosted by the NKBA, Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Encore XS Nightclub.

The IBS Closing Concert with the Doobie Brothers, Thursday, Jan. 23 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Westgate: Paradise Event Center.


As part of its Voices From the Industry conference at KBIS, the NKBA is offering more than 70 continuing education classes. The association has scheduled more than 20 CEU presentations on the topic of design, and another 10 on courses related to health and wellness.

“We understand people attending KBIS have full agendas. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive educational program that [will] keep our industry up to date on the latest emerging industry trends and business strategies,” said Suzie Williford, exec. v.p. of Industry Relations and Chief Strategy Officer for the NKBA.

Among the list of courses are 25 new speakers and presentations on topics ranging from designing for the smart kitchen and bath, improving wellness in the home with bioadaptive lighting, to how to evolve from designer to design leader. The course schedule also includes several returning favorite topics, such as building your brand, living in place, thinking big about small spaces and the latest kitchen and bath design trends. All sessions are classified in one of five categories: Grow Your Business, Design, Kitchen & Bath Specialty Training, Customer Service and Management.

Each one-hour session is eligible for 0.1 CEU from the NKBA, and many may qualify for other industry CEUs.

Other options for continued learning during KBIS as part of VFTI are the NKBA Professional Development Sessions. Held each morning of KBIS (8 a.m. –10 a.m.), these two-hour courses provide an in-depth discussion on three topics:

Tuesday, January 21 – Managing Business Growth for Profitability and Sanity: Taking Care of Yourself, Your Business and Your Bottom Line

Wednesday, January 22 – Kitchen & Bath Lighting “College:” From Theory to Practice

Thursday, January 23 – It’s All About Delegation.


The newest educational program to be featured at the show is KBISThink, which offers industry professionals the opportunity to enhance their knowledge. Hosted on the show floor in the KBISNeXT Experience – South Hall, S-107, S-113 and S-114 – KBISThink will focus on three areas: NKBA Specialty Badge Prep and Test Sessions, Living In Place Talks and Events and Lightovation Lounge Presentations.

The NKBA Specialty Badge Prep and Test Sessions are for NKBA members who want to learn about sustainability, cabinetry or remodeling and earn a specialty badge in any of those concentrations. The association will be conducting 45-minute test prep sessions for the Sustainability, Cabinetry and Remodeling badges, followed by a one-hour exam. To participate in a session, NKBA member attendees must purchase the badge study materials prior to KBIS 2020. Purchase includes access to study material, including NKBA Knowledge Base access for one full year, along with a customized study guide.

The Living In Place Institute is hosting more than 25 talks, roundtables, tours and experiential events to educate all kitchen and bath industry pros about the benefits of designing safe, secure and beautiful homes for all persons – whether aged 8 or 80. The events will be presented by Certified Living in Place Professional (CLIPP) graduates Erik Listou and Louie Delaware, co-founders of the Living In Place Institute.

Developed by the Dallas Market Center Lightovation team, the American Lighting Association and other lighting experts, this series of presentations and panel discussions addresses the rapidly growing and changing world of lighting and its impact on residential design. A range of expert speakers will present information on topics such as: “Fundamentals of LED Lighting,” “Design Guidelines for Kitchen Lighting” and “The State of the Smart Home.”

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